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    November 6, 2012
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really follow politics know that you can get on c-span2 and watch the senate either doing something or looking like a goldfish bowl, but as georgia was in her younger days, we would have late votes. she would have c-span2 on in the kitchen so she could see when the final vote would occur and know when i was coming home, so george's first words were mommy, daddy, and senator web. it is such a pleasure to have them with me today. we are now in the final days of one of the nastiest political campaigns in the country. i sought in the paper nearly $80 million has been spent in
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virginia alone in the senate race alone. that boggles the mind. a lot of our money has come in anonymously peer reagan we do not even know who is giving it, and what we are doing now is through -- a lot of our money has come in anonymously. we do not know who is giving it. we all want the american dream. we all want to feel if we had the opportunity we could put things together and make it to the top. as long as there is fairness and a safety net under you, if you if you a disability or need help with your education or
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you are reaching your retirement, this is what i call the american trifecta. opportunity at the time and security if you fall on hard times or you need a little help. that is why i want people to do what they can. if you believe in those three things. if you believe in those guarantees, my advice to you is you had better be voting for barack obama. the other side spends a lot of time talking about the opportunity at the top. we want that opportunity at the top. i do not think there are many who understand that many of those who need government assistance today want to live the american dream as much as those who have already made it. they do not think of themselves as a culture of dependency.
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it is one day before the election, and we do not know what governor romney wants to do. that ought to make you worried. on the other hand, we have learned a lot about what congressman ryan wants to do, and that ought to make you scared. we keep hearing arguments about democrats, barack obama in particular, but democrats are european-style social was intent on destroying the accumulation of wealth in america. that is hard to figure out. if you look at what has happened since this recession, the stock market has doubled. that does not sound like socialism to me. we are on the way back. our working people are still struggling. the people at the top have continued to separate
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themselves from the rest of our society, but the stock market has doubled. do not tell me we are on the way down. we are on the way up. i want everybody who is working people in this country to be carried a long way. that is the difference between our parties. when i decided almost two years ago i would not run for reelection in the senate, one of the first calls i made was to team cain regents -- was to tim cain. i have come to know him. i have come to value his integrity. i have come to listen to his judgment. i have come to believe in his
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commitment he has made to the principles of fairness and social justice in our country. i urged him to work to become my successor in the united states senate, to work to become senator warner's partner as we continue to pursue the goals i have been working on with others that we always want to see as part of the future with the united states's political and philosophical system, and tim was not that enthusiastic at the beginning. he was not exactly love in my phone call at a time, -- loving my phone call at the time, but he agreed to step forward and run. he has run a terrific campaign. having been in the senate, i can
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tell you he has the temperament and the leadership style and the intellect to become a great united states senator. it is my pleasure to introduce my successor. tim cain. [applause] >> thanks so much. you are looking great. thanks for coming out to my farm to have a little talk. isn't this great fall election weather? i am taking it as an omen. it is so great to be with you.
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it was 19 months ago i kicked of my campaign for the united states senate. i was kicked off my back porch, and it feels good to stand up for you to share the vision and share the journey. i cannot think of a better way than to be here with such good friends. mark warner, whom i have known for so many years, is such a great partner. i look forward to joining him. jim webb, what an amazing hero and public servant. raise your hand if you are part of the web brigade. that was a textbook campaign. i thought the hands of destiny
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was on the campaign. ace in president obama's raise 2008. we have been so fortunate to have senator web's leadership. [applause] i am thrilled to be here with other good friends like the congressional candidate. jim was honest. he busted me by saying i was not completely enthusiastic. i want to serve other people. because i was a missionary and a civil rights lawyer, my path has been to serve other people. if you want to do that, can you best do that in the u.s. senate right now? i thought about that with my wife and children, and they have
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been such wonderful supporters, and i realize there is a gridlock. we cannot allow it to continue. we cannot have the nation we want if senate and congress is gridlock. i decided my experience as a tough times mayor and governor were an experience i could bring to the table to make good things happened in partnership with others. that was 19 months ago. we have trouble more than 60,000 miles. we have recruited more than 50,000 donors, including a deer i hit and killed, so we gave up a windshield process required and in the process. this campaign has taught me now more than ever we need people who know how to be partners rather than just partisans. we are americans but virginians
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furs. i learn this when i was the mayor. we knew who the democrats and republicans were. we were bipartisan. as a mayor, we were able to build schools common on -- to build schools, to cut crime, to clean up the river, and we did it by working together. as governor, you get a four-year term. mine was the worst recession since the 1930. we work together. we had to take $5 billion of of the state budget. i am the only governor in modern times that left office with a smaller budget then i started, but we did not cut in a way that shredded the safety net or message the virginia the economy up. we were virginia's has managed
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state and america's best manage state. the best state to raise a child, and we did that by working together. we did not always agree. families do not always agree. you do not always agree with the parish council, but people understand part of what you do is you bring your ideas to the table and find common ground. that is what we did in virginia and what we will do in the senate. i will work across aisle with leaders of both parties. when people to pledge they are going to obstruct the president or they pledged their success = the failure of the president, they are not putting their country first. i will put the country' first first. there is a clear choice because the other side has taken some pledges, but many of the pledges
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they have made would make it harder to find common ground. they pledged they will protect costly tax breaks for the big five oil companies, even at the expense of investments we could make that would help our students to be successful. they pledged to fight until the better -- until the bitter end for tax breaks for the wealthiest, and they set about reducing welfare services so many vulnerable americans rely on. they cut by rights for women and even to scoff at laws that ensure equal pay for women or family medical leave act. >> boo! >> this is the 21st century, but its big oil companies are what they are fighting for or women's rights are what they are fighting against, this pretty
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much says it all. we have a different way of looking at things. the senior who is trying to make ends meet on a fixed income, that is what we are working for. the veteran leaving acts of service or leaving job training to get a good civilian job, that is what we are working for. the family that wants to make sure their child is not cast aside cruelly from health insurance because of pre- existing condition, that is the real world. the small-business owner who cannot get a loan to expand her business and hire new companies, that is who we are working for. the student who wants to go to college and pursue opportunity, that is who we are working for, and the woman who is still earning 79 cents on the dollar to her male counterparts, that is what we are working for. we know when we focus on
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tomorrow's opportunities for these folks, instead of rehashing yesterday's battles or embracing yesterday's failed policies, and we strengthen our nation. when we attack common challenges instead of attacking each other, we strengthen our nation, and when we put country and, well ahead of partisan and politics, we strengthen our nation. i see folks who want to work together to make sure with a great president we strengthen our nation that is how president obama has led our nation, and i pledge to you that is how i will leave if you elect me to serve in the united states senate. now it is up to you. i have campaign full time for 19 months, yet it is kind of out of my hands now. it is in the hands of the maker
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and in the hands of the voters, and that makes me feel good, and that makes me feel confident. i want it in your hands. i know we are up to this challenge. i know many of you are signed up to duchesse, regent -- signed up to do shifts, but i would encourage all of you to make sure you get out and vote. we used to be relevant in presidential politics. we were not on the main stage. we were off to the side. we were not getting the visits from the president and vice presidential candidates in the last couple days of the campaign. they were not coming to virginia, but both parties' candidates come to virginia now. virginia is really important. what that means is we have got to do our best work. everybody is watching. i need you to volunteer.
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i need you to vote. i need you to make sure others get their chance to cast their ballot in this swing state of virginia. i have been having some fun, and i have had a couple of tough assignments. in charlottesville i was the last person standing in a great crowd between the crowd and bruce springsteen, and that sounds pretty cool. even dedicates a song to you. i was the last person standing between the crowd and the dave matthews. that was really cool, but today i really have a great job. i am the last person standing between you and our spectacular vice president and his spectacular wife jill, an employee of the virginia community college system. we are so thankful for the
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public service heart and spirit of these great americans, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome dr. joe biden, and now a vice president of the united states. [applause] ♪ ♪
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fax hello. >> four more years! >> it is nice to be here in virginia. i am teaching full time. i teach english full time, but really, i came here today because i want to thank all of you. you have done so much for us and for our campaign, and we really do have the best team. we have joe, barack, but best of all, we have you, and you are the ones who are going to take us forward. now i would like to introduce my husband, our vice president, joe biden. [applause] >> how are you all? i am joe biden.
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i am still husband -- jill's husband. i have been to a lot of rallies this campaign, but i have never had anything like this behind me. they are some of the finest in the united states of america. i mean it. we are just hanging onto his coat a. cain worries me so much. everybody likes harem. -- like him. i was in the senate for a long time, and i have a reputation of saying what i think. let me tell you what i think. this is one standup man. i have never met anyone who was
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a combination of being smarter and straight slap hon. as this man here. i tell you what. i am so happy the economy of virginia is going to continue to grow. my living standard depends on it. how many of you know someone who served in iraq and afghanistan? jim and i have talked about this. we have all talked about it. and we still have 68,000 warriors in afghanistan.
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all of us have been there multiple times, and it is remarkable what they do and what they are doing right now. every morning i checked with the pentagon to find out what price has been paid. as of this morning, there are 6509 fallen angels in iraq and afghanistan. when you are in the theater, you refer to any one fallen in theater as a fallen angel. there are 6509 families who have suffered a great deal, and what was me think about isin't during my colleagues talk about how we have to bring this country together again. we have had too much division, and one of the things i found remarkable is none of the 50,118
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who have been wounded, none of the 17,000 were critically wounded. none of them ever asked the guy or woman standing next to them if you are a democrat or republican. none of them ever engaged in anything other than the interest of their country. i saw another demonstration of that spirit that gave me hope in this got awful storm we just had, sandy. it really clobbered new jersey. every morning i will be on a call where we speak to the governors of the affected states, and i found it remarkable the democrats and republicans are all acting together again.
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they are acting like when we got started in politics. the governor of delaware is a democrat on this call is saying, when asked what do you need, he said, i would like to say to chris christi, delaware has been hit. if you need any generators, you are going to hit more than we have been hit, so we will send them to you. ladies and gentlemen, that is how people are responding in the crisis, and that is what we have to go to again. there is a great story i like to tell. i am the oldest guy up here. i go back a long way. there used to be a guy in the house of representatives and in
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and named tipper o'neil. he is to have a party at his home. they used him as a poster boy for the democratic party in his last election. his only tough election he had his whole career, and he told the story standing out on the steps of his basement, he said, i lived next door, and i am making a name up. he lived in a duplex in cambridge, and he said, what i did every election night, at 7:30 i would wait for the results to come in. he said it was cold as usual. he said halfway up the stairs he met his next-door neighbor of 28
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years. he said common-law -- he said, did you vote for tip this year? she said no. he said, we have been living next door for years. we know each other. he said she looked at him and said, you did not ask me. good i am here to ask virginia please give nas your vote. -- please give us your vote. we have incredible opportunities. we are in such a position to be the greatest military in the world. we have united our allies for the first time in years. we have made real progress.
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we have created new jobs. companies have hired more workers than any time in the last eight months. exports are up 41%. give 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. 3 million more working class kids in college because of pell grants. get no matter what the other team said, we did rescue the automobile industry. we expanded benefits to medicare. we ended the war in iraq, and we will end the war in afghanistan. we will create new manufacturing jobs. we will train new workers across america. the jobs that exist, the skills are lacking, and we are going
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to add 100,000 new math and science teachers. we are going to cut aren't -- our oil in half. clean coal, natural gas, wind, solar, biofuel, and my wife's students are going to hear it in sourcing more than outsourcing. we are going to give tax breaks to those who come home rather than those who go abroad. and we can continue to go forward, or we can go to the politics of got into this mess in the first place. i cannot think of any election were the differences are more stark.
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i had a debate with the congressman. if you saw the last couple of debates, you begin to wonder. governor romney and congressman ryan seemed to be running away as fast as they can from every day. -- every debate. they are like a kid trying to outrun their shadow. the sun is going down tomorrow night for them. it is going down. did you see the foreign policy debate with the president? i did not know whether or not
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romney was going to end doris -- rack or debate him. he went from sending a responsibility to the afghans because we have trained 350,000 of their military by 2014. he went from saying it was a terrible mistake to the kind of agrees with a timeline. i asked the same question in my debate to my colleagues, but romney says, will you guarantee will be out by 2014? he used his favorite phrase. it depends. it depends on the weather. it depends on the polls. it depends how i feel. it depends how many times i want to change my position.
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the only thing i can be sure of, it will change. as president clinton. i cannot remember when he said it, but it was sometime yesterday. talking about cirque du soleil. it is astounding. i have never seen it before. i tell you what, man. on issues relating to women, on issues related to a woman -- women, they just could not bring themselves to climb into the 21st century. they are still stuck somewhere between 1956 and 1963. it is in that range. when it comes to women's rights,
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barack's and i believe that his daughters and my daughters and granddaughters are entitled to every single opportunity my sons have and every single opportunity my grandson have -- grandson's have. in the final weeks of the campaign, it will not just the foreign policy that they are trying to rewrite or the position on women they are trying to hide. i know my colleagues will agree with this. by the way, this is not your father's republican party. this is not john warner's republican party.
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but the way, they are both a decent man. i believe that, but they have such a fundamentally different vision. they have been running on two planks. there is a tax cut they are running on, some that could to those making more than $1 million per year, and that will raise taxes. it is not just the main outfits. raising taxes on middle-class taxpayers by a couple thousand bucks. all of a sudden, you will remember the governor. "it does not cost anything. they are not talking about it anymore. when i asked to name one single solitary exception they cut for the wealthy, they could not name one. ryan could not name one for me.
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what are they running away from it, as if it doesn't exist? the second plank of this whole new republican philosophy, it is already passed. they passed it. when it got past, governor romney said it was a marvelous budget. he said he would sign it. that would be the law. "the new york times," "the new york times," when it passed in the house, they called it the most extreme budget passed by a house of congress in modern times, and now, i have a granddaughter that would say, what happened? did casper the friendly ghost steel and? really genuine. think about it.
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they do not talk about it. they say no, that is not the budget they want. the same budget that they want to privatize social security. they took that out of this budget, but they will go back to it. it eliminates tax credits. it takes kids off of pell grant. ladies and gentlemen, these guys are shameless. they have walked away from the very thing they have been running on an voting on, in the case, in the last 14 years. there is another expression. a leopard cannot change his spots, folks. the apologies -- their policies have not changed. as bill clinton said, their economic policies are bush on steroids. that is his phrase. look. massive tax cuts for the wealthy. shredding regulations, and
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letting banks rewrite the rules, letting wall street running wild again. we have seen this before. we know how it ends. in and did in the great recession of 2008. america cannot afford to go back. too much is at stake for the american people. in the final hours of this campaign, they are adding on top. they are doing anything they can to confuse the electorate. i have spent a lot of time, which may not surprise you, in ohio. one of the largest newspapers said governor romney will say whenever no matter how much, quote, no matter how much confusion he must sow to win the election. they have gone against the automotive bailout to it say they were really for it, and now they are trying to scare the devil out of ohioans.
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they are running ads. every single thing they lied. they say what is going to happen is president obama, the reason why he did what he did in the bailout is he wanted chrysler to go bankrupt so the italians in could come in and have all of the jobs go to china. we used to be the second largest per-capita state for automotive, because we have such a small work force, relatively speaking, and those people got crushed, crushed, just like the people did out in ohio. and now, at least in ohio, they are coming back. tens of thousands of new jobs, and just as people are getting up off of their back, just as they are singing, "honey, it is going to be ok. mom and dad are back," they are
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getting scared again. general motors and chrysler have announced that the advertisements are a lie. when is the last time you saw two major corporations in the last hours of a campaign go after a republican candidate? they continue to do it. they are shameless. the detroit folks -- excuse me, "the denver post" said the best in an editorial. year is what they said. there is a question of character. they went on to say that if they speak in an difference to the concerns of the ohio working class, it is just as revealing as backing an ad that leave that impression. guys, i will get out of your hair. my mom used to have an expression. i imagine your moms and dads had similar expressions, for real.
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they said, your character is not determined by what you say when everyone is looking. your character is determined by what you say when no one is looking. ladies and gentlemen, we know what governor romney said when he thought no one was looking. we know what he said. he said 47% of the people i was raised with in scranton, and a lot of you were raised with, he said 47% of them were, quote, not willing to take responsibility for their own lives. where does he live? and who does he think he is? folks, presidential elections are about character. it is the most important ingredient the president must possess to lead a nation and the world, and president obama has the character of his convictions. he does not in gauge.
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he says what he means. he means what he says, and he does it. barack and i, we have confidence in the american people, and we are determined to level the playing field to give people a fighting chance again. ladies and gentlemen, there is no quitting in america, and there never has been. folks, i have got news for romney and ryan. gentlemen, it has never, ever been a good bet to bet against the american people. folks, we need you, virginia. with your help, we will win virginia. we win virginia, we win this election. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. thank you.
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♪ now both of us have never known of before to come up on promising, like this spring, just what on out of the door our hearts are strong, and our hearts are kind well, let me tell you exactly what is on my mind you are the best and -- thing you are the best thing you are the best thing that ever happened to make -- to me
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>> part of our coverage of the campaign, we asked reporters and political analysts what they are watching for on election night. >> i want to see, of course, you always watch the first words that come in, and it varies from year to year. i have done this four more decades than i care to remember. if you have to know the history of the city and counties and the precincts to interpret the results, but once we get a sizable amount of results in, i will certainly be looking at
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the swing state of virginia, loudoun, prince william, chesterfield, the richmond area, not that i expect obama to win chesterfield by any means, but i want to see if he gets over 40%. i will look to virginia beach, which is virginia's largest city in population. the gentleman who called earlier was correct in that fairfax is the largest locality, but virginia beach is the largest city. it tends to be more conservative and republican because of the military population and retired veteran population. mccain carry that very narrowly. it was practically 50-50 with obama. i want to see again what percentage president obama gets in virginia beach. if he is blown out of the water, that tells me something.
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if it is a close race, it tells me something. that is just some. >> key contests on c-span. in a few moments, a news rally in new hampshire, followed by president obama in iowa. >> on "washington journal," going through the mathematics of the electoral college and the votes that president obama and mitt romney need to win the presidency. then we visit the 2000 presidential election with a supreme court justice previously who presided over the bush beat or race at the state level. -- the bush verses war race -- versus gore race on c-span.
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>> after a campaign stops in florida and virginia, mitt romney held the final rally of the day in new hampshire. he announced his run for the presidency nearly 1.5 years ago. ♪ ♪ ♪
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[cheers and applause] >> thank you so very much. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause]
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[cheers and applause] [crowd chanting, "usa, usa, usa"] >> now that, that is quite a welcome. thanks. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] let me, first of all -- [cheers and applause]
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thank you. thank you. that was fabulous. and let me introduce you to the next first lady of the united states, ann romney. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, new hampshire. and i have to say thank you to kid rock. that has been our theme song. it has been a long journey. it started in new hampshire 1.5 years ago. our hearts are full, and what
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we have learned by going on the trail is that we have seen the america that you all love, that we all love. we fear it is in danger, that it is slipping away from us. i love this country. i never loved hearing the voices of the women i have heard all across the nation. [cheers and applause ] and i have to tell you, hope is on the way, and it starts tomorrow. [cheers and applause]
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so let me introduce to you the next president of the united states. >> now, because we are among family tonight, i wanted to introduce you to at least one of our sons. he is one you do not see much. he is a doctor. he has been out campaigning. ben romney. [cheers and applause] now that -- [cheers and applause] that is quite a welcome. thank you so much.
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this is a special moment for ann and me. this is where our campaign started. we got started over one year ago. and then your primary vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination. [cheers and applause] and tomorrow, your votes and your work right here in new hampshire will help me to become the next president of the united states. [cheers and applause] now, look. i want to thank you for the work that so many of you have done, making calls from our victory centers, putting a sign in your yard, for some, putting a sign in your neighbor's yard, and convincing a friend or a co-worker or two to vote for paul ryan and me, and, of course, what makes this rally
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and all of your work so inspiring is that you are you're not just because of one person or because of the party, you are here because of america. [cheers and applause] now, this is a campaign about america, and it is about the future america that we are going to leave to our children. we thank you, and we ask you to stay in it all of the way until victory tomorrow night. [cheers and applause] tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow. some of your friends and family have not made of their minds and to vote for, i would like you to make sure you talk to them, and ask them to look beyond the
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speeches and the attacks and all of the ads and to look to the record, because talk is cheap, but a record is real, and it is earned by effort. change was promised by the president, but change is not measured by that, it is measured by achievement. four years ago, canada obama promised much, but he has fallen so very short. he promised a post-partisan presidency, but he became most partisan, blaming and attacking. and it was not just republicans he refused to listen to. he also did not listen to
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independent voices. he was going to focus on jobs. instead, he focused on obamacare, which killed jobs, and he said he was going to cut the deficit in half. instead, he doubled it. instead, he said unemployment would be at 5.2%, and he is at 7.9%, and, by the way, if that is the number we should have had, unemployment today is higher than it was when the president was elected. he promised that he would propose a plan that would save social security and medicare. he did not. instead, he raided medicare to pay for obamacare. $16 million. he said he would lower health- insurance premiums for the average family in america by $2,500 per year. anybody here have their premiums go down by 25 $1 per year? no, they are now actually higher
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by $3,000 per year, and gasoline, the average american family pays $2,000 more for gasoline than when president obama was elected. he said he would work across party lines, and he has not met on the economy or on the budget or on jobs with either a republican leader of the house or senate since july, so instead of bridging the divide, and he has made it wider. maybe you in new hampshire look at the challenges we face as a nation, not first as a republican or a democrat, but as an american. you have watched what has happened over the last four years with an independent view. you hoped that president obama would live up to his promise to bring america together. he has not. i will. [cheers and applause]
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let me tell you what he fell so short of what he promised. that is because he cared more about the political agenda that -- about a liberal agenda than he did about the economy. did obama create new jobs? did his war on coal and gas and oil create new jobs? did those regulations help banks make more loans? does raising taxes for people to work? did his avalanche of new regulations help small-business? well, you passed the test. [cheers and applause] now, look.
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almost every measure he took hurt the economy, and it hurt our fellow americans. 23 million americans are struggling to find a good job. one out of six of us is poorer, and the middle class is being squeezed as take a pay has gone down by $4,300 per year, and the cost of everything from health insurance to food to utilities has gone up. this weekend, i spoke with the wife of a 60-year-old man, and the prime of his life, i might add. [cheers and applause] and he has worked as a welder for 40 years, but he just got laid off. his wife asked what i could do
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to help them. she made it very clear. he does not want a government check. he wants a job. [cheers and applause] and so, the question of this election comes down to this. do you want four more years like the last four years? do you want real change prove ? >> yes. >> president obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. i not only promised change, i have a record of achieving it. [applause] i build a business. i turned around another one. i helped put the olympics back on track. and with a democratic
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legislature, i helped to turn my state from deficit to surplus, and we went from higher taxes to higher take-home pay, and that is why i am running for president, because i know how to change the course the nation is on. [cheers and applause] you see, accomplishing real change is not just something i talk about. it is something i have done, and it is what i am going to do when i am president of the united states. [cheers and applause] well, if you, like me, believe we can do better, if you believe america should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, i asked you to work for real change and make that happen tomorrow.
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[cheers and applause] paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. when i am elected, i know the economy and american jobs will still be stagnant, but i will not waste any time complaining about my predecessor. [cheers and applause] from day one, from day one, i am going to go to work to help americans get back to work, and people across the country are responding to our five-part plan. part one, as you know, is taking advantage of our coal and our gas and our renewables. [cheers and applause] on day one, on day one, i am going to have to increase the number of leases and permits to drill on federal land. [cheers and applause] and i will act to approve -- to
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speed the approval of the keystone pipeline. [cheers and applause] now, second, i am going to move to boost trade, because for a productive people, trade helps to create more jobs and rising incomes. and by the way, i am finally going to designate china as a currency manipulator. [cheers and applause] number three, i am going to send to congress a training format to make sure workers have the skills they need for a good job, and number four, i am in the mood to tackle out of control spending. i am going to send congress the first of central reforms. we are going to call this the down payment on fiscal sanity act.
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and with it, we will immediately cut, not just slow the rate of growth, but cut federal spending. ]cheers and applause you see, you see, i am just not going to take office on january 20. i am going to take responsibility for that office, as well. [cheers and applause] and no. 5, and number five, i am going to act to boost small business and all business. i am going to issue executive orders for the problems that are holding back this economy.
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number one, i am going to grant state waivers for obamacare to begin its repeal. [cheers and applause] number two, we will launch a sweeping review of all obama-air regulations with an eye to repairing those that killed jobs, and for the first time, for the first time in four years, every entrepreneur, every small business person, every job creator will know that the president of the united states and the government likes them and likes the jobs they create. [cheers and applause] now, you know well that america's choice tomorrow is going to need to one of two very different outcomes. if the president is going to be reelected, he will still not be able to work with the people in congress because he has ignored them, blame them, and attacked them.
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a default will be threatened, and that freezes the economy and herds jobs. the president was read the other day when he said he cannot change washington from the inside, only from the outside. let's give him that chance, ok? [cheers and applause] now, the way i am going to do it when i am elected, i will work with democrats and republicans in congress. i will meet regularly with their leaders. i will endeavor to find those good men and women on both sides of the aisle that care more about the country than they do about politics. [cheers and applause] now, if the president were elected, he will continue his
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war on coal and oil and natural gas, but when i am elected, we will change course on energy, because to build jobs and help with prices at the pump, we need to achieve north american energy independence within eight years. [cheers and applause] now, if the present were reelected, he would continue to crush small business, and i mean this seriously. his plans crush small businesses. he is raising their taxes. he is forcing unions on companies where the employees do not want them. he wants to expand regulations, imposed obamacare. that will crush small business. i care about small business. i see small business as a way for people to fill their dreams. [cheers and applause]
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last week, i met with rhonda in richmond, virginia. she has been running her family restaurants for years. the business has been in her family for 82 years. at its high point, she employed to wandered people. she just closed it down. she told me obama-air regulations and taxes and obamacare and the condition of the economy just put her out of business, and then she teared up. this was not about money. it was about the future for our family and her employees. look. i want to help the hundreds of thousands of dreamers like rhoda, and i will. [cheers and applause] now, you know if the president
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is reelected, he will say that he will improve the schools, but he will do what the largest supporters, the public-sector unions, will want. when i am president, i will be the voice of the children and their parents. there is no union. [cheers and applause] >> i would give parents the information they need to know if the school their child is going to is failing and also being able to send them to the school that will bring them success. [cheers and applause] when i am president, i will do what i did as governor. we took our schools to the no. 1 spot in the country, and we did that by working together, republicans and democrats, and we did that by listening to parents and by putting the
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interests of our kids first. now, these last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength of the real movement across this country. the size of these crowds, like this tonight, my goodness. [cheers and applause] and i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors that could not get in, too, so -- it is also the depth of our shared conviction. it has made me strive even more to be worthy of your support and to campaign as i would govern, to speak for the aspirations of all americans. you know, i learned as governor of massachusetts is that the best achievements are shared achievements. i have learned that respect and good will go along way and are usually returned in kind. that is how i will conduct
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myself as president. i will bring us together. [cheers and applause] i will not just represent one party. i represent one nation. [cheers and applause] throughout this campaign, using every argument that he could think of, president obama has tried to convince you that these last four years have been a success. and so, his plan for the next four years is to take all of the ideas of the first four, and you is, the borrowing, obamacare, and just do them all over again. he calls his plan forward, and i call it forewarned. [cheers and applause] that same path means $20 trillion in debt at the end of
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four years. it means crippling unemployment continues. it means a stagnant take-home pay, depressed real estate values, and a depressed military. in his closing arguments just last week, president obama asked his supporters to vote for revenge. instead, i ask the american people to vote for love of country. [cheers and applause] together, together, we must lead america to a better place.
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we are one day away from a fresh start and one day away from a new beginning. my conviction is that better days are ahead, and that is not based on promises and hollow rhetoric but on solid plans and proven results, and on an unshakable belief of the greatness of the american spirit.
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[cheers and applause] if there is anyone worried that the last four years is the best we can do, if there is anyone who feels that the american dream is fading away, if there is anyone wonders that better jobs and better pay checks are a thing of the past, i have a clear and unequivocal message. america will come roaring back. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting, "mitt, mitt, mitt, mitt!"]
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the only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we have never imagined is lack of leadership. tomorrow is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do. we can put the past four years behind us and start building a new future. use of the differences when president obama and i were side by side in our debates. he says it has to be this way. i say it cannot stay this way. [cheers and applause] he has offered excuses. i've got a plan. he is hoping we sell. i cannot wait to get started. americans do not sell. we build. we listen to that voice inside that says we can do better. [cheers and applause]
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that better life is out there, waiting for us. our destiny is in your hands. tomorrow, we get to work rebuilding our country, restore our confidence and renewing our conviction, confidence of a solid path and steady improvement, confidence that college grads will find better jobs when they graduate -- [cheers and applause] confidence that single moms working two jobs will have a shot at a better job. tomorrow, on november 6, we come together for a better future, and november 7, we get to work. [cheers and applause]
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we reach across the street. i need you to reach across the street to that neighbor with the other yard sign, and we will reach across the aisle in washington in good faith to the other party. this is much more because this is much more than our moment, it is america's moment. purpose and optimism. we have journeyed together far and wide in discreet campaign for america's future, and now, we are almost come. one final push, and we will get
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there. [cheers and applause] we have known many long days and short nights, and we are close. the door to our better future is there an open and waiting for us. i need your vote. i need your help. walk with me. walk together. tomorrow. new hampshire, god bless you and god bless the united states of america. thank you, guys. thank you. ♪ >> ♪ i was born free, born free ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ i was born free i was born free i was born free ♪ ♪ ♪ and i am not good at long goodbyes but look down deep into my eyes i was born free ♪
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♪ ♪ ooohhhhh ♪ calm, facing danger loss, like an unknown stranger grateful for my time with no regrets close to my destination tired, tired, frail, and aching waiting patiently for the sun to set and when it is done, believe that i will yell it from the mountain high i was born free
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i was born free i was born free i will bow to the shining sea and celebrate god's grace on thee i was born free i was born free i was born free ♪ ♪ oooh, ooh, oooh, ooh, ooh, oooh, oooh, oooh ♪
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>> we ask reporters and political analysts what they are watching for on election night. >> we have got a couple of swing counties. the nice part is one of these is the county just east of the county along the lake. they turn their results and first usually. they are pretty close. they often predict the president will look there. look in central of ohio. obviously, we will see totals across the state immediately with the early voting totals. the absentee ballots, those were
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sent in and processed and recorded but not tallied. it is a push of a button. at 7:31, we will get a sense of where things are immediately. that will probably, wherever that is leaning, that will largely hold as an indicator. >> for the last four years, the status quo in washington has fought us every step of the way. they spent millions trying to stop us from reforming health care and wall street. the engineered a strategy of gridlock, refusing to compromise even on ideas that republicans and democrats used to support in the past, and what they are counting on now is that you will be so worn down, so discouraged, tired of all the dysfunction that you would just give up and walk away and leave the powers that be.
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>> my idea that better days are ahead are not based on rhetoric but on proven results and on unshakable faith in the american spirit. if there is anyone worried that the last four years is the best we can do, if there is anyone fiers that the american dream is fading away, it there is anyone knew where is that better jobs or better paychecks are a thing of the past, i never a clear and unequivocal message. with the right leadership, america is about to come roaring back. >> watch president obama and mitt romney, plus key house victory and concession speeches from across the country, and throughout the night, your reaction by phone, email, and twitter. live coverage starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org.
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>> president obama's last day of campaigning includes eight reasons included stops in ohio. -- last day of campaigning included stops in ohio. ♪ ♪ >> oh my goodness. crowd: we love michelle. >> thank you, guys. thanks so much. wow. and i love you. i love you from the bottom of my heart. i am beyond thrilled to be here
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with all of you. but we have to give some of upper -- some love up for bruce springsteen. for months, i have heard his songs play at our rallies but there is nothing like seeing the boss in persons. he has just been tremendous, he and his family and his team. they had been an amazing. we want to thank bruce for everything he has done for us and more than anything else, i want to take the offer being here tonight. as you know, this is an emotional time for us. this is the final event of my husband's final campaign. so this is the last time that he and i will be on stage together at a campaign rally. and that is why we wanted to
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come here to iowa tonight. [applause] because to lead this is where it all began. right here. i have so many fond memories of this state. celebrating malia's birthday. and see my husband's face carved in butter. believe me, and we still talk about that at christmas. but i will never forget the kindness and warmth and love that you all showed me and my family, especially our girls. that is truly what made the difference back in the early days when i was not sure about this whole process. back when i was still wondering what it would be for our girls
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if barack got the chance to serve as president. while i have my worries and fears, i also realize this decision affected not only me as a wife and mother but as a voter, as an american. i started envisioning the kind of person that i wanted to lead our country. i knew that i wanted the president a steady character, with deep compassion and strong conviction. i wanted a president who was smart. i wanted someone we could trust, someone who would always tell us the truth even when it's hard. and i wanted a president driven not by politics or which way the wind is blowing but by the
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struggles, hopes and dreams of all americans. [applause] and the more i thought about it, the more i knew in my heart that i was describing barack. i knew he could be that president. and for four years that's exactly what he's done. he has stayed true to himself and with your help, he's worked day after day to make this country better, to move it forward. he's rescued our economy from the brink of collapse, saved the auto industry. [applause] he's passed historic health reform.
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[applause] ended the war in iraq. he's fought so women get equal pay and students can afford college. [applause] he's fought for our seniors so they can retire with dignity and our veterans so they can get the benefits they earned and the respect they earned. for four years barack has been fighting to give every single one of us a fair shot at that great american dream, no matter what we look like or where we come from or who we love. [applause] and for four years, we have all seen what i've seen for the past 23 years. we've seen a man of honor and integrity who knows what he believes and stays true to his values.
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i'm so proud of my husband. we have seen an honest man who knows the facts and always gist it to us straight. we've seen a man whose strength and resolve to build a better tomorrow has never waivered, never. and that's why i am so thrilled to be here in iowa tonight. because long before most people even knew his name, you all saw what i saw. so you did all this crazy stuff. you showed up at campaign offices here in des moines and offices all over the state. more importantly, you opened your homes, you held caucus training, you marched with us at the jefferson jackson dinner. and then on a cold january night, you stood up for barack
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because you knew that he would stand up for you. and over these past four years, our family has been truly blessed, truly blessed by all of the love and support and priors that we have received from -- prayers from every corner of this country. and barack has been blessed to have all of you by his side to bring that change we can believe in. it is an honor and a privilege to serve this nation, just know that. and tomorrow we get the chance to finish what we started here in iowa. [applause] tomorrow all across this state, all across this country we will line up and vote in libraries and community centers and school gyms.
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doorsgoing to knock on until our fingers are numb, we're going to make calling until our voices are hoarse. and we won't stop until every last vote is counted. and we will do it because while we have come so far, we know there is so much more to do. and what we really truly know is we cannot turn back now. we need to keep moving this country forward. [applause] so that means that we need to re-elect the man who has been fighting for us every single day, my husband, the love of my life, the president of the united states barack obama. [applause] >> hello iowa. [applause] tomorrow, tomorrow iowa. tomorrow from the new hampshire
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to colorado, from the coast lines of florida to virginia's rolling hills, from the valleys of ohio to these iowa fields, we will keep america moving forward. [applause] i've come back to iowa one more time to ask for your vote. i came back to ask you to help us finish what we've started because this is where our
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movement for change began, right here, right here, right behind these bleachers is the building that was home to our iowa headquarters in 2008. [applause] i was just inside and it brought back a whole lot of memories. this is where some of the first young people who joined our
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campaign set up shop. willing to work for little pay and less sleep because they believed that people who love their country can change it. this was where so many of you who shared that belief came to help. when the heat didn't work for the first week or so, some of you brought hats and gloves for the staff. these poor kids, they weren't prepared. when the walls inside were
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barry, one of you painted a mural to lift everybody's spirits. when we had a state march, when we had a dinner to fire up. you brought your neighbors and you made homemade signs. when we had work to do you showed up after work already tired but staying late anyway into the night and you welcomed me and michelle into your homes and you picked us up when we needed a lift and your faces gave me new hope for this country's future. and your stories gave me resolve to fight for you every single day i set foot in the oval office.
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you inspired us. i want to take this opportunity to say one thing to all the young people and not so young people who have given so much to this campaign over the years, those of you haven't done this for me but for each other, for a laid off family member or a sick child or a fallen friend. i want to thank you. you took this campaign and you made it your own and you organized yourself, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, county by county starting a movement that spread across the country, a movement made up of young and old rich and poor black and white gay straight democrats, republicans
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who believe we've all got something to contribute. and we all deserve a shot at our own american dream. and when the cynics said we couldn't, you said yes, we can. [applause] you said yes we can and we did. against all odds, we did. we didn't know what challenges would become when we began this journey. we didn't know how deep the crisis would turn out. but we knew we would get through those challenge it is same way this nation always has, with that determined american spirit that says no matter how bad the storm gets, no matter
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how tough times are, we're all in this together. we rise or fall as one nation and as one people. [applause] that's the spirit that cared us through the trials and tribulations of the last four years. in 2008 we were in the middle of two wars and the greatest economic depression and today we've created five million new jobs. the auto industry is back, home prices or on the rice, we're
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less dependent on foreign oil, we've doubled energy because of the sacrifices of brave men and women in uniform, the war in afghanistan is over, the war in iraq is ending, bin laden is dead. we've made real progress these past four years. but iowa we're here tonight because we've got more work to do. we're not done yet on this journey. we've got more road to travel. as long as there is a single american that wants a job and can't find one, as long as there are families working harder but still falling behind, as long as there is a child anywhere in this country in poverty, barred from opportunity, our work isn't done, our fight for change goes on. because we know this nation cannot succeed without a growing thriving middle class and ladders for everybody who is willing to work to get into that middle class. our work goes on because america -- everybody place by the same rules, the people of iowa understand that. that's what we believe. that's why you elected me no 2008 and iowa that's why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. [applause] now the choice you make
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tomorrow, and you understand this, you guys pay attention, the choice you make is not just between two candidates or parties, it's a choice between two different visions of america, who we are, who we believe, what we care about. goinghe choice between back to the top down policies that caused the mess we've been fighting our way out of or moving to a future that's built on a strong and growing middle
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class. and iowa you know me as well as anybody. you have seen a lot of me these last six years. you know what, you may not agree with every decision i've made, michelle doesn't. there may be times where you've been frustrated at the pace of change, i promise so have i. but you know what i believe. you know write stand. you know i tell the truth. you know i'll fight for you and your families every single day as hard as i know how. [applause] and that's why when we talk about change, we know what real change looks like because we fought for it. we've got the scars to prove it. i've got the gray hair to show it. i wasn't this gray when i first showed up in iowa. sometimes it's been hard. sometimes it's been frustrating. we understand that.
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but what we also know is that when we decide to make a difference, when americans come together determined to bring about change, nobody can stop us. we cannot be stopped. and after all we've been through together, after all we've fought through together, we cannot give up on change now. [applause] we know what real change looks like. change is a country where every american has a shot at a great education, where we recruit new teachers, train new workers, bring down tuition so no one in this country is forced to give up a college education. change comes when we live up to this country's invasion in
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manufacturing instead of subsidizing oil company profits, i want to support energy jobs of tomorrow. and iowa knows about that will free this country from the grip of foreign oil. i don't want to reward companies for creating jobs over's, i want to reward companies for creating jobs right here in america. change is turning the page on a decade of war so we can do some nation building here at home, repairing our roads and bridges, making our schools state of the art, putting our veterans back to work because nobody fights for this country's freedom should have to fight for a job when they come home. that's what we're fighting for. we're not done. change is a future where we reduce our deficit where we ask
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the wealthiest americans to pay the tax rates they paid when bill clinton was in office. don'tcut out spending we need. but as long as i'm in office we're not going to turn medicare into a voucher program. we're not going to kick a kid off head start to pay for a millionaire's tax cuts. because our budget reflects our priorities and values. and we know what our future requires. we know what real change is. you helped teach me that here in iowa. and you know we also know that change isn't easy. remember a lot of you showed up to town hall meetings back in 2007 and 2008 and i used to talk about change and i also said and i'm not talking about changing presidents, i'm not talking about changing parties, i'm talking about changing our
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politics. i told you i ran because your voices had been shut out of our democracy for way too long by special interest and politicians who will do whatever it takes to keep things just the way they are. and we've seen over the last four years the status quo in washington they are powerful and they have fought us every step of the way. when we tried and succeeded in reforming our healthcare system, they spent millions trying to stop us. when we tried and succeeded in reforming wall street, they spent millions to push us back and we kept ongoing. but those were tough fights. and what the protectors of the status quo in washington are counting on now is that you'll get worn down by all the squabbling, you'll get fed up with the dysfunction, you'll give up on the change we fought
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we were not getting the visits from the president and vice presidential candidates in the last couple days of the campaign. they were not coming to virginia, but both parties' candidates come to virginia now. virginia is really important. what that means is we have got
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to do our best work. everybody is watching. i need you to volunteer. i need you to vote. i need you to make sure others get their chance to cast their ballot in this swing state of virginia. i have been having some fun, and i have had a couple of tough assignments. in charlottesville i was the last person standing in a great crowd between the crowd and bruce springsteen, and that sounds pretty cool. even dedicates a song to you. i was the last person standing between the crowd and the dave matthews. that was really cool, but today i really have a great job. i am the last person standing between you and our spectacular vice president and his spectacular wife jill, an employee of the virginia community college system.
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we are so thankful for the public service heart and spirit of these great americans, and it gives me great pleasure to welcome dr. joe biden, and now a vice president of the united states. [applause] ♪ ♪
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fax hello. >> four more years! >> it is nice to be here in virginia. i am teaching full time. i teach english full time, but really, i came here today because i want to thank all of you. you have done so much for us and for our campaign, and we really do have the best team. we have joe, barack, but best of all, we have you, and you are the ones who are going to take us forward. now i would like to introduce my husband, our vice president, joe biden. [applause]
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>> how are you all? i am joe biden. i am still husband -- jill's husband. i have been to a lot of rallies this campaign, but i have never had anything like this behind me. they are some of the finest in the united states of america. i mean it. we are just hanging onto his coat a. cain worries me so much. everybody likes harem. -- like him. i was in the senate for a long time, and i have a reputation of saying what i think.
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let me tell you what i think. this is one standup man. i have never met anyone who was a combination of being smarter and straight slap hon. as this man here. i tell you what. i am so happy the economy of virginia is going to continue to grow. my living standard depends on it. how many of you know someone who served in iraq and afghanistan? jim and i have talked about this. we have all talked about it. and we still have 68,000 warriors in afghanistan.
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all of us have been there multiple times, and it is remarkable what they do and what they are doing right now. every morning i checked with the pentagon to find out what price has been paid. as of this morning, there are 6509 fallen angels in iraq and afghanistan. when you are in the theater, you refer to any one fallen in theater as a fallen angel. there are 6509 families who have suffered a great deal, and what made me think about it was during my colleagues talk about how we have to bring this country together again. we have had too much division,
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and one of the things i found remarkable is none of the 50,118 who have been wounded, none of the 17,000 were critically wounded. none of them ever asked the guy or woman standing next to them if you are a democrat or republican. none of them ever engaged in anything other than the interest of their country. i saw another demonstration of that spirit that gave me hope in this got awful storm we just had, sandy. it really clobbered new jersey. every morning i will be on a call where we speak to the governors of the affected states, and i found it
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remarkable the democrats and republicans are all acting together again. they are acting like when we got started in politics. the governor of delaware is a democrat on this call is saying, when asked what do you need, he said, i would like to say to chris christi, delaware has been hit. if you need any generators, you are going to hit more than we have been hit, so we will send them to you. ladies and gentlemen, that is how people are responding in the crisis, and that is what we have to go to again. there is a great story i like to tell. i am the oldest guy up here. i go back a long way.
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there used to be a guy in the house of representatives and in and named tip o'neil. he is to have a party at his home. they used him as a poster boy for the democratic party in his last election. his only tough election he had his whole career, and he told the story standing out on the steps of his basement, he said, i lived next door, and i am making a name up. he lived in a duplex in cambridge, and he said, what i did every election night, at 7:30 i would wait for the results to come in.
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he said it was cold as usual. he said halfway up the stairs he met his next-door neighbor of 28 years. he said, did you vote for tip this year? she said no. he said, we have been living next door for years. we know each other. he said she looked at him and said, you did not ask me. good i am here to ask virginia please give us your vote. we have incredible opportunities. we are in such a position to be the greatest military in the world.
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we have united our allies for the first time in years. we have made real progress. we have created new jobs. companies have hired more workers than any time in the last eight months. exports are up 41%. give 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. 3 million more working class kids in college because of pell grants. get no matter what the other team said, we did rescue the automobile industry. we expanded benefits to medicare. we ended the war in iraq, and we will end the war in afghanistan. we will create new manufacturing jobs.
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we will train new workers across america. the jobs that exist, the skills are lacking, and we are going to add 100,000 new math and science teachers. we are going to cut our oil in half. clean coal, natural gas, wind, solar, biofuel, and my wife's students are going to hear it in sourcing more than outsourcing. we are going to give tax breaks to those who come home rather than those who go abroad. and we can continue to go forward, or we can go to the politics of got into this mess in the first place. i cannot think of any election were the differences are more stark. i had a debate with the congressman.
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[applause] if you saw the last couple of debates, you begin to wonder. governor romney and congressman ryan seemed to be running away as fast as they can from every day. -- every debate. they are like a kid trying to outrun their shadow. the sun is going down tomorrow night for them. it is going down.
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did you see the foreign policy debate with the president? i did not know whether or not romney was going to endorse barack or debate him. he went from sending a responsibility to the afghans because we have trained 350,000 of their military by 2014. he went from saying it was a terrible mistake to the kind of agrees with a timeline. i asked the same question in my debate to my colleagues, but romney says, will you guarantee will be out by 2014? he used his favorite phrase. it depends. it depends on the weather. it depends on the polls. it depends how i feel.
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it depends how many times i want to change my position. the only thing i can be sure of, it will change. i have never seen anyone change directions so much. he said this guy has changed positions so many times he is going to become a chief contortionist. as president clinton. i cannot remember when he said it, but it was sometime yesterday. talking about cirque du soleil. it is astounding. i have never seen it before. i tell you what, man. on issues relating to women, on issues related to women, they just could not bring themselves to climb into the 21st century.
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they are still stuck somewhere between 1956 and 1963. it is in that range. when it comes to women's rights, barack's and i believe that his daughters and my daughters and granddaughters are entitled to every single opportunity my sons have and every single opportunity my grandson have -- grandsons have. it is that basic. in the final weeks of the campaign, it will not just the foreign policy that they are trying to rewrite or the position on women they are trying to hide. i know my colleagues will agree with this.
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by the way, this is not your father's republican party. this is not john warner's republican party. but the way, they are both a decent man. i believe that, but they have such a fundamentally different vision. they have been running on two planks. there is a tax cut they are running on, some that could to those making more than $1 million per year, and that will raise taxes. it is not just the main outfits. raising taxes on middle-class taxpayers by a couple thousand bucks. all of a sudden, you will remember the governor. "it does not cost anything. they are not talking about it anymore. when i asked to name one single solitary exception they cut for the wealthy, they could not name
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one. ryan could not name one for me. what are they running away from it, as if it doesn't exist? the second plank of this whole new republican philosophy, it is already passed. they passed it. when it got past, governor romney said it was a marvelous budget. he said he would sign it. that would be the law. "the new york times," "the new york times," when it passed in the house, they called it the most extreme budget passed by a house of congress in modern times, and now, i have a granddaughter that would say, what happened?
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did casper the friendly ghost steel and? -- steal it? where did it go? really genuine. think about it. they do not talk about it. they say no, that is not the budget they want. the same budget that they want to privatize social security. they took that out of this budget, but they will go back to it. it eliminates tax credits. it takes kids off of pell grant. ladies and gentlemen, these guys are shameless. they have walked away from the very thing they have been running on an voting on, in the case, in the last 14 years. there is another expression. a leopard cannot change his spots, folks. their policies have not changed. as bill clinton said, their
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economic policies are bush on steroids. that is his phrase. look. massive tax cuts for the wealthy. shredding regulations, and letting banks rewrite the rules, letting wall street running wild again. we have seen this before. we know how it ends. in and did in the great recession of 2008. america cannot afford to go back. too much is at stake for the american people. in the final hours of this campaign, they are adding on top. they are doing anything they can to confuse the electorate. i have spent a lot of time, which may not surprise you, in ohio. one of the largest newspapers said governor romney will say whenever no matter how much, quote, no matter how much confusion he must sow to win the election.
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they have gone against the automotive bailout to it say they were really for it, and now they are trying to scare the devil out of ohioans. they are running ads. every single thing they lied. they say what is going to happen is president obama, the reason why he did what he did in the bailout is he wanted chrysler to go bankrupt so the italians in could come in and have all of the jobs go to china. we used to be the second largest per-capita state for automotive, because we have such a small work force, relatively speaking, and those people got crushed, crushed, just like the people did out in ohio. and now, at least in ohio, they are coming back. tens of thousands of new jobs, and just as people are getting up off of their back, just as they are singing, "honey, it is going to be ok.
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mom and dad are back," they are getting scared again. general motors and chrysler have announced that the advertisements are a lie. when is the last time you saw two major corporations in the last hours of a campaign go after a republican candidate? they continue to do it. they are shameless. the detroit folks -- excuse me, "the denver post" said the best in an editorial. here is what they said. there is a question of character. they went on to say that if they speak in an difference to the concerns of the ohio working class, it is just as revealing
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as backing an ad that leave that impression. guys, i will get out of your hair. my mom used to have an expression. i imagine your moms and dads had similar expressions, for real. they said, your character is not determined by what you say when everyone is looking. your character is determined by what you say when no one is looking. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, we know what governor romney said when he thought no one was looking. we know what he said. he said 47% of the people i was raised with in scranton, and a lot of you were raised with, he said 47% of them were, quote, not willing to take responsibility for their own lives. where does he live? and who does he think he is? folks, presidential elections are about character. it is the most important
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ingredient the president must possess to lead a nation and the world, and president obama has the character of his convictions. he does not in gauge. -- engage. he says what he means. he means what he says, and he does it. barack and i, we have confidence in the american people, and we are determined to level the playing field to give people a fighting chance again. ladies and gentlemen, there is no quitting in america, and there never has been. folks, i have got news for romney and ryan. gentlemen, it has never, ever been a good bet to bet against the american people. folks, we need you, virginia. with your help, we will win virginia. we win virginia, we win this
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election. god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] ♪ >> ♪ so if you are tired of the same old story roll with the changes ♪ ♪
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♪ now both of us have never known of before to come up on promising, like this spring, just what on out of the door our hearts are strong, and our hearts are kind well, let me tell you exactly what is on my mind you are the best thing you are the best thing you are the best thing that ever happened to me ♪ ♪
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>> part of our coverage of the campaign, we asked reporters and political analysts what they are watching for on election night. >> i want to see, of course, you always watch the first words that come in, and it varies from year to year. i have done this four more decades than i care to remember. if you have to know the history
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of the city and counties and the precincts to interpret the results, but once we get a sizable amount of results in, i will certainly be looking at the swing state of virginia, loudoun, prince william, chesterfield, the richmond area, not that i expect obama to win chesterfield by any means, but i want to see if he gets over 40%. i will look to virginia beach, which is virginia's largest city in population. the gentleman who called earlier was correct in that fairfax is the largest locality, but virginia beach is the largest city. it tends to be more conservative and republican because of the military population and retired veteran population. mccain carry that very narrowly. it was practically 50-50 with obama. i want to see again what
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percentage president obama gets in virginia beach. if he is blown out of the water, that tells me something. if it is a close race, it tells me something. that is just some. >> key contests on c-span. in a few moments, a news rally in new hampshire, followed by president obama in iowa. >> on "washington journal," going through the mathematics of the electoral college and the votes that president obama and mitt romney need to win the presidency. then we visit the 2000 presidential election with a supreme court justice previously who presided over the bush v. gore race at the state level. on c-span.
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>> mitt romney hold his final rally of the day and new hampshire. ♪ ♪
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>> thank you so very much. thank you. [cheers and applause] thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting, "usa, usa, usa"]
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>> now that, that is quite a welcome. thanks. let me, first of all -- [cheers and applause]
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thank you. thank you. that was fabulous. and let me introduce you to the next first lady of the united states, ann romney. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, new hampshire. and i have to say thank you to kid rock. that has been our theme song. it has been a long journey. it started in new hampshire 1.5
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years ago. our hearts are full, and what we have learned by going on the trail is that we have seen the america that you all love, that we all love. we fear it is in danger, that it is slipping away from us. i love this country. i never loved hearing the voices of the women i have heard all across the nation. cheers and applause and i have to tell you, hope is on the way, and it starts tomorrow. [cheers and applause]
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so let me introduce to you the next president of the united states. >> now, because we are among family tonight, i wanted to introduce you to at least one of our sons. he is one you do not see much. he is a doctor. he has been out campaigning. ben romney. [cheers and applause] now that -- [cheers and applause] that is quite a welcome. thank you so much. this is a special moment for ann and me.
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this is where our campaign started. we got started over one year ago. and then your primary vote put me on the path to win the republican nomination. [cheers and applause] and tomorrow, your votes and your work right here in new hampshire will help me to become the next president of the united states. [cheers and applause] now, look. i want to thank you for the work that so many of you have done, making calls from our victory centers, putting a sign in your yard, for some, putting a sign in your neighbor's yard, and convincing a friend or a co-worker or two to vote for paul ryan and me, and, of
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course, what makes this rally and all of your work so inspiring is that you are you're not just because of one person or because of the party, you are here because of america. [cheers and applause] now, this is a campaign about america, and it is about the future america that we are going to leave to our children. we thank you, and we ask you to stay in it all of the way until victory tomorrow night. [cheers and applause] tomorrow, we begin a new tomorrow. some of your friends and family have not made of their minds and to vote for, i would like you to make sure you talk to them, and ask them to look beyond the
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speeches and the attacks and all of the ads and to look to the record, because talk is cheap, but a record is real, and it is earned by effort. change was promised by the president, but change is not measured by that, it is measured by achievement. four years ago, canada obama -- candidate obama promised much, but he has fallen so very short. he promised a post-partisan presidency, but he became most partisan, blaming and attacking. and it was not just republicans he refused to listen to. he also did not listen to independent voices. he was going to focus on jobs. instead, he focused on obamacare, which killed jobs, and he said he was going to cut the deficit in half.
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instead, he doubled it. instead, he said unemployment would be at 5.2%, and he is at 7.9%, and, by the way, if that is the number we should have had, unemployment today is higher than it was when the president was elected. he promised that he would propose a plan that would save social security and medicare. he did not. instead, he raided medicare to pay for obamacare. $16 million. he said he would lower health- insurance premiums for the average family in america by $2,500 per year. anybody here have their premiums go down by 25 $1 per year? no, they are now actually higher by $3,000 per year, and
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gasoline, the average american family pays $2,000 more for gasoline than when president obama was elected. he said he would work across party lines, and he has not met on the economy or on the budget or on jobs with either a republican leader of the house or senate since july, so instead of bridging the divide, and he has made it wider. maybe you in new hampshire look at the challenges we face as a nation, not first as a republican or a democrat, but as an american. you have watched what has happened over the last four years with an independent view. you hoped that president obama would live up to his promise to bring america together. he has not. i will. [cheers and applause]
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let me tell you what he fell so short of what he promised. that is because he cared more about the political agenda that he did about the economy. did obama create new jobs? did his war on coal and gas and oil create new jobs? did those regulations help banks make more loans? does raising taxes for people to work? did his avalanche of new regulations help small-business? well, you passed the test. [cheers and applause] now, look.
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almost every measure he took hurt the economy, and it hurt our fellow americans. 23 million americans are struggling to find a good job. one out of six of us is poorer, and the middle class is being squeezed as take a pay has gone down by $4,300 per year, and the cost of everything from health insurance to food to utilities has gone up. this weekend, i spoke with the wife of a 60-year-old man, and the prime of his life, i might add. [cheers and applause] and he has worked as a welder for 40 years, but he just got laid off. his wife asked what i could do to help them. she made it very clear. he does not want a government check. he wants a job. [cheers and applause]
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and so, the question of this election comes down to this. do you want four more years like the last four years? do you want real change prove >> yes. >> president obama promised change, but he could not deliver it. i not only promised change, i have a record of achieving it. i build a business. i turned around another one. i helped put the olympics back on track. and with a democratic legislature, i helped to turn my state from deficit to surplus, and we went from higher taxes to higher take-home pay, and that is why i am running for president, because i know how to change the course the nation
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is on. [cheers and applause] you see, accomplishing real change is not just something i talk about. it is something i have done, and it is what i am going to do when i am president of the united states. [cheers and applause] well, if you, like me, believe we can do better, if you believe america should be on a better course, if you are tired of being tired, i asked you to work for real change and make that happen tomorrow. [cheers and applause]
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paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. when i am elected, i know the economy and american jobs will still be stagnant, but i will not waste any time complaining about my predecessor. [cheers and applause] from day one, from day one, i am going to go to work to help americans get back to work, and people across the country are responding to our five-part plan. part one, as you know, is taking advantage of our coal and our gas and our renewables. [cheers and applause] on day one, on day one, i am
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going to have to increase the number of leases and permits to drill on federal land. [cheers and applause] and i will act to approve -- to speed the approval of the keystone pipeline. [cheers and applause] now, second, i am going to move to boost trade, because for a productive people, trade helps to create more jobs and rising incomes. and by the way, i am finally going to designate china as a currency manipulator. [cheers and applause] number three, i am going to send to congress a training format to make sure workers have the skills they need for a good job, and number four, i am in the mood to tackle out of control spending. i am going to send congress the first of central reforms. we are going to call this the down payment on fiscal sanity
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act. and with it, we will immediately cut, not just slow the rate of growth, but cut federal spending. cheers and applause you see, i am just not going to take office on january 20. i am going to take responsibility for that office, as well. [cheers and applause] and no. 5, and number five, i am going to act to boost small business and all business. i am going to issue executive orders for the problems that are holding back this economy. number one, i am going to grant state waivers for obamacare to begin its repeal.
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[cheers and applause] number two, we will launch a sweeping review of all obama-air regulations with an eye to repairing those that killed jobs, and for the first time, for the first time in four years, every entrepreneur, every small business person, every job creator will know that the president of the united states and the government likes them and likes the jobs they create. [cheers and applause] now, you know well that america's choice tomorrow is going to need to one of two very different outcomes. if the president is going to be reelected, he will still not be